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Delphi, Thermopylae full day private tour from Athens

1. Delphi, Thermopylae full day private tour from Athens

The day begins with a pickup from Athens in a private, air-conditioned vehicle. Head to the UNESCO World Heritage listed site of Delphi where your sightseeing adventure awaits. At the site, enjoy the freedom to visit the landmarks that interest you most and customize the experience to suit your group. Highlights of Delphi include the 4th century B.C. Temple of Apollo, the Sanctuaries of Apollo and Athena Pronaia, the Statue of Leonidas, and the Delphi Archaeological Museum. There’s also ancient stadiums and theaters to marvel at, as well as the impressive Thermopylae where a famous battle took place. Later, enjoy a visit to the town of Delphi, or if you’d prefer, explore the charming village of Arachova. Stroll around and mingle with the locals, grab a coffee or lunch, and shop for souvenirs. At the end of an unforgettable day, sit back and relax on the return journey to Athens.

Athens: Meteora Small-Group Day Trip & Visit to Thermopylae

2. Athens: Meteora Small-Group Day Trip & Visit to Thermopylae

Admire the authentic mainland of Greece, first visiting the historic Thermopylae, the original location of the famous battle between ancient Greeks and Persians in 480 B.C. See the battlefield, the statue of King Leonidas and visit the museum. The journey continues with beautiful views of the mountains and fields until you reach Meteora.  Visit 2 of the 6 remaining Byzantine monasteries, built back in the 14th and 16th centuries. Take photos and videos of the marvelous landscape while your guide shares the local history. Afterward, your driver will take you to Kalambaka, a scenic town below the rocks with many options for a delicious traditional Greek lunch.  Visit the oldest church in the area, where you can see a Greek inscription on the wall which testifies to the existence of an ancient Greek temple at the same location. During your free time in Kalambaka, you may also visit the Natural History Museum.

Private Delphi & Thermopylae Tour from Athens

3. Private Delphi & Thermopylae Tour from Athens

See the Gates of Fire, deriving from the hot sulphur springs and the cavernous entrance to Hades. Experience the monument of King Leonidas, erected in 1955 and created by the sculptor Vasos Falireas. At the Thermopylae Museum, learn about the 480 BC battle that changed the course of Greek history and western civilization before seeing the baths of Thermopylae. In Delphi, see the Temple of Apollo, the Ancient Theater, the Stadium, the Athenian Treasury, the Gymnasium, and the Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia. The Naxian Sphinx, which dates to 560 BC, is a fascinating stop before seeing the Metopes of the Athenian Treasury, Omphalos, Kleobis and Biton, Statue of Antinoos, and the famous Charioteer. Enjoy a traditional lunch on the Caldera at Delphi, overlooking fabulous Itea and Amfissa before driving back to a designated location in Athens.

Private 2-Day Tour to Delphi, Meteora & Thermopylae

4. Private 2-Day Tour to Delphi, Meteora & Thermopylae

Start your two-day tour at the Delphi archaeological site to see the Castalian Spring, ancient sanctuary of Apollo, the treasury of the Athenians, the ancient stadium, and the theater. See artifacts from as far back as the 15th century BC, including the Naxian Sphinx, the statue of Antinoos, and a bronze sculpture of a charioteer. Visit the UNESCO-listed Osios Loukas Monastery before heading to the Arachova mountain village for lunch. After overnighting in Meteora, start your second day ascending upwards to the monasteries built on a natural formation of sandstone rock pillars from the 14th century. Head south towards the site of Thermopylae. Explore the monument and enter the newly-built visitor’s center, which recreates the ancient battle where King Leonidas famously led 300 Spartans into battle in 480 B.C. After pausing for lunch or a break by the sea in one of the many local villages, end the experience with lasting memories and photos.

From Athens: Private Day Trip to the Monasteries of Meteora

5. From Athens: Private Day Trip to the Monasteries of Meteora

Begin your adventure with pickup from Piraeus port or your hotel in Athens at 8 AM am and embark on an incredible journey to the monasteries of Meteora, one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world.  Make your first stop at The Holy Monastery of Great Meteoro, the largest and oldest formation on the site, breathtakingly suspended in the air. Make a second stop at the Monastery of St. Stephen, a small church built in the 16th century. This fascinating structure rests on a plain rather than a cliff and was damaged during World War II before nuns took over the site and reconstructed it. Admire the treasures of Byzantine at the museum inside the monastery. Finish this mesmerizing day trip at the picturesque villages of Kalambaka, where you can treat yourself to a delicious traditional Greek lunch. On your way back to Athens, make a short stop at Thermopylae and the Statue of King Leonidas, dedicated to the great battle that took place in 480 BC. Get dropped off back at your hotel at around 8:30 PM.

2-Days Delphi and Meteora Private Tour from Athens

6. 2-Days Delphi and Meteora Private Tour from Athens

Journey starts early in the morning, driving north from Athens on the national highway past the cities of Halkida and Thiva, finally reaching Arachova, a popular winter destination and host to the largest ski center in Greece. Only two hours away from Athens is Delphi, the place ancient Greeks believed was the navel of the world. Visit fascinating archaeological sites and the museum there, and have lunch enjoying the views of Amfissa and Itea. Later, the drive continues through quaint traditional villages before reaching Kalabaka. Accommodation will be provided there. Visit the holy monasteries of Meteora, a site of significant religious and historical importance. On the way back to Athens, stop at Thermopyles, where Leonidas and his 300 men had a great battle against the Persians.

Meteora full day private tour from Athens

7. Meteora full day private tour from Athens

We start our tour early in the morning from Athens till Meteora. Our driver will pick you up from your hotel/ apartment or the airport/ port. The travel time is about 4,5 hours. The first stop is at Kalabaka, a town of the municipality of Meteora in the Trikala regional unit, part of Thessaly in Greece. The population was 12,000 at the 2011 census, of which 8,330 in the town proper. The Meteora monasteries are located near the town. We arrive at Meteora and visit up to three Monasteries. Breathtaking at first site, the Monasteries are of great cultural and natural importance. Split from earthquakes, weathered from the wind and the water over millions of millions of years, these immense rocks are an authentic masterpiece of mother nature. The Meteora is a rock formation in central Greece hosting one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox Monasteries. The six (of an original 24) monasteries are built on immense natural pillars and hill-like rounded boulders that dominate the local area. Meteora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List and the name means "lofty", "elevated", and is etymologically related to meteor. Please be modestly dressed. Women are suggested to wear long skirts & long sleeves. If you do not have, you will be given a skirt on your way in. Next stop is at Kastraki, a picturesque village near Meteora, where we have free time for lunch at a traditional Greek tavern with your friends and family or shopping. As we leave the magnificent Meteora behind us, let us not overlook the Battle of Thermopylae of 480 BCE, which has long been the topic of cultural motivation, as it is perhaps the most famous military last stand of all time. The monument of the Great Leonidas, King of Sparta, in Thermopylae, will grace our path on our way back to Athens in the late afternoon. The drive is about 4,5 hours.

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What people are saying about Thermopylae

It was a complete treat to travel with Takis, our friendly driver, out from Athens to Thermopylae and on to Delphi, coming home via Arachova. This was a most relaxed way to experience these rich archeological sites with no rush and lots of much appreciated local advice and information along the way – including a delicious lunch recommendation with a spectacular view in Delphi itself. It was great to experience the juxtaposition of the sparse site of the Battle of Thermopylae with the vast number of ruins on the site at Delphi, and the drive out from Athens, between all the sites, and back into Athens was beautiful to experience as a passenger. The car was comfortable and the cold water was much appreciated. The drive through the UNESCO listed olive groves that surround Delphi as an unexpected highlight as well. Very grateful we were able to do this: it was a day to remember.

Really good experience glad we went for this over the train. It's quite a long journey but well worth it. Pick up was prompt, in a nice MPV. We even managed to get some sleep on the journey and we had a rest stop about half way there. We were dropped off as close to the entrance as possible at 3 of the monasteries with no time limits, enabling us to spend more time at Varlaam and less time at the Holy Trinity. Our driver also stopped off at a few viewing spots. Return journey was also good with the stop at Thermopylae and another rest stop.

This trip is not to be missed! We enjoyed the ride to Delphi which passed by a very beautiful town. At Delphi, we witnessed a magnificent view of the entire place and a gorgeous mountain view. We enjoyed this visit way more than Acropolis. Many thanks to our driver guide, George who picked us up on time, provided us sufficient time for toilet breaks and recommended a nice family restaurant where we enjoyed the most delicious Greek meal.

The Conpany Ancient Greece Tours was wonderful. We highly recommend our guide, Yannis with a (z)" to guide your tour! Thank you!

very knowledgeable, stress free traveling. great time management. safe driver.